Meet the new boss

30 September 2008
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Do you realize, that one word is increasingly vanishing from the corporate lingo

 

The word 'sir' has almost disappeared from our dictionary, thanks to the new work environment which has given us the freedom to address everyone on first name basis. This freedom is just a small part of the vast change that has swept offices, where relations have become more informal, the environment more relaxed, even as the work pressure, deadlines and expectations have increased tenfold.

 

"The hierarchy is still there but it is not so air tight. Today subordinates don't address their bosses as 'Sir' or 'Madam'. It has become very informal with the subordinates addressing their bosses with their first name. Also the bosses have become approachable now. But this depends on person to person. Some people are still stuck with that old subordinate and boss hierarchy."

 

Free Map of India in Hard Copy

08 September 2008
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This is for all the tourist who are planning to visit India or Indians who are planning a vacation in some part of India. MOI is offering a free map of India, which represents substantial details of various physical, political, geographical, and local etc. aspects of the country in high resolution.

The map also covers various information like:

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam : 'A Leader Should Know How to Manage Failure'


IndiaKnowledge@Wharton : Could you give an example, from your own experience, of how leaders should manage failure?


Kalam: Let me tell you about my experience. In 1973 I became the project director of India's satellite launch vehicle program, commonly called the SLV-3. Our goal was to put India's "Rohini" satellite into orbit by 1980. I was given funds and human resources -- but was told clearly that by 1980 we had to launch the satellite into space. Thousands of people worked together in scientific and technical teams towards that goal.


By 1979 -- I think the month was August -- we thought we were ready. As the project director, I went to the control center for the launch. At four minutes before the satellite launch, the computer began to go through the checklist of items that needed to be checked. One minute later, the computer program put the launch on hold; the display showed that some control components were not in order. My experts -- I had four or five of them with me -- told me not to worry; they had done their calculations and there was enough reserve fuel. So I bypassed the computer, switched to manual mode, and launched the rocket. In the first stage, everything worked fine. In the second stage, a problem developed. Instead of the satellite going into orbit, the whole rocket system plunged into the Bay of Bengal. It was a big failure.


That day, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, Prof. Satish Dhawan, had called a press conference. The launch was at 7:00 am, and the press conference -- where journalists from around the world were present -- was at 7:45 am at ISRO's satellite launch range in Sriharikota [in Andhra Pradesh in southern India]. Prof. Dhawan, the leader of the organization, conducted the press conference himself. He took responsibility for the failure -- he said that the team had worked very hard, but that it needed more technological support. He assured the media that in another year, the team would definitely succeed. Now, I was the project director, and it was my failure, but instead, he took responsibility for the failure as chairman of the organization.


The next year, in July 1980, we tried again to launch the satellite -- and this time we succeeded. The whole nation was jubilant. Again, there was a press conference. Prof. Dhawan called me aside and told me, "You conduct the press conference today."


I learned a very important lesson that day. When failure occurred, the leader of the organization owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team. The best management lesson I have learned did not come to me from reading a book; it came from that experience.


What a wonderful leader!

Are you tired of seeing a stone chip ridden car which acts as an eyesore? Don’t worry! You needn’t go to the servicing center every time you have stone chips stuck in your car. Multiple visits to the servicing center can be very costly and time consuming. No doubt about the fact that it will be very inconvenient for you to make multiple rides without your favorite car.

Tips for Storing Your Car

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Tips for Storing Your CarAre you worried about storing your car after listening to the numerous horror stories how conditions of cars rapidly deteriorate when stored? While it is true that the conditions of cars deteriorate when it is stored, you can avoid the same happening to you by adhering to a few simple yet effective maintenance tips for storing your car.

Car Air Conditioner - Tips to Take Care of Your Car ACAir conditioning has become one of the most ‘obvious’ features in the modern day car. This has led many users to take it for granted and ignore maintenance of the systems.

Things to Find Out Before Buying a Used CarOwning a car is most common man’s dream and desire. But let’s accept it; automobiles are costly and thus always not affordable with the not-so-generous incomes.

BMW - Best Seller In India

07 January 2012
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BMW’s sales volume seems to be declining. After witnessing the slowdown in the sales volume it was expected that the automobile company will be changing its approach to pricing

Maruti 800 vs Tata Nano

07 April 2009
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Maruti 800 is the bestselling car of the year 2008 produced by Maruti company. Though the looks of this car are not too good but its regular facility makes it best at its price. It is the car for congested city areas.
Tata Nano, the car best for middle class family to complete their dream of having “My Own Car”, produced by Tata, is one of the striking names in the car market in India.

Model and Design: The outer look of Maruti 800 is not so good. The plastic that is used is not so good nor is the door pocket, but the interior has a bit new look. The 4 seat interior has new dials; fabric and better looking instrument which give lightly & airy experience.

In 1984, Maruti 800 was first launched on Indian market. It was manufactured by Maruti Udyog in India. Since 1984, Maruti 800’s that have been sold in the Indian market are more than 2.5 million. Maruti 800 was one of the first city cars which have brought a new revolution in automobile space in India. It became a popular brand among the middle class families; those who are looking for low fuel consumption, high efficiency and the most important was the affordable price of the car. Maruti 800 fulfills all the requirements of most of the Indian people such as easy to park or drive through a narrow lane due to its small structure of 4.4 meters of radius. It is the car which is perfectly made for Indian roads. Maruti 800 was the largest selling car in India until Maruti Alto came to the market. Maruti 800 recently completed its silver jubilee in India. It is also exported to a number of foreign countries which includes South Eastern Asia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.

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